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State announces new health plan option for Idahoans with pre-existing conditions

Idahoans who've been unable to obtain health insurance because of a pre-existing health condition have a new plan available to them, according to the Idaho Department of Insurance. They can now purchase coverage "comparable to that of a healthy individual," said state Insurance Director Bill Deal, through the new Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan administered by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Idaho is one of 21 states opting to have HHS administer the plan; Montana, Washington, Oregon and Utah are among those running their own plans; the new plans are part of the national health care reforms approved by Congress. You can read the full Department of Insurance announcement here.

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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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